WATCH: Sergio Ramos’ shocking act of disrespect towards Lionel Messi in Spanish Super Cup

first_imgSergio Ramos once again stayed true to the Real Madrid-Barcelona rivalry when he mocked the Catalans’ talisman Lionel Messi in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup at Santiago Bernabeu, which Madrid won 2-0 and took the title on an aggregate of 5-1.During the 63rd minute of the match, Ramos was seen walking away with the ball when Messi was walking behind him asking for the ball. Ramos turned towards Messi as if he was handing over the ball and just when Messi was ready to hold the ball, Ramos threw the ball in the air.Messi clearly didn’t find the antics of the Madrid captain funny and shot back words at him.Madrid beat Barca 3-1 at Camp Nou on August 13 courtesy an own goal from Gerard Pique and two spectacular strikes from Cristiano Ronaldo and Marco Asensio. Lionel Messi scored the solitary goal for the Catalan club through a penalty.The high-octane match also saw Ronaldo get cautioned for his shirtless goal celebration and just three minutes later, he was shown a yellow card and sent off for simulation. Out of frustration, Ronaldo shoved the referee and has been banned for five games.The second leg saw the Ronaldo-less Madrid completely dominate their fiercest rivals. Madrid played excellent one-touch football and glided the ball across much like Barcelona. Another stunning strike from Asensio in the 4th minute and Karim Benzema’s goal before the half time assured Real Madrid of their second trophy in a week.The first leg of the Super Cup also saw Ronaldo mocking Messi’s iconic shirt celebration at Bernabeu in the team’s last La Liga encounter on April 23 as the Ballon d’Or winner also displayed his shirt to the Camp Nou crowd.advertisementThe rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona has been one of the most intense rivalries in football and with the emergence of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as the two best players of the world, it has further increased.The last time Real Madrid and Barcelona faced each other in the Spanish Super Cup was in the 2012-13 season and it was a cracker.While Barcelona won the first leg 3-2 at home, Real Madrid trumped Barca 2-1 in the second leg at Bernabeu. With the aggregate tied at 4-4, Madrid won the Cup on away goal advantage.last_img read more

Yank Rally Beats White Sox, 4-3

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares CHICAGO — John Danks patted Zach Putnam on his right shoulder as he walked by his locker. There was nothing more to say.Danks had his best start of the season for the Chicago White Sox, but the New York Yankees got to Ronald Belisario for three runs in the ninth and won 4-3 on Jacoby Ellsbury’s two-out homer off Putnam in the 10th inning on May 24.“That’s part of it; it’s baseball,” Danks said. “There’s really nothing we can do about it. I truly hope Belisario’s in to save my next game.”Ellsbury drove a 1-0 pitch from Putnam (2-1) over the wall in right for his second homer. Putnam had allowed just one run in 16 innings over his previous 11 appearances.Dellin Betances (3-0) pitched a perfect inning for the win and David Robertson finished for his 10th save in 11 chances, bouncing back nicely after yielding Adam Dunn’s game-ending homer in Chicago’s 6-5 victory on May 23.Adam Eaton singled and stole second with two down, but Robertson struck out Gordon Beckham to end the game. Eaton and Beckham, the top of Chicago’s lineup, had three hits apiece.“Last night was a tough one. The team battled really hard, we got the lead and I wasn’t able to nail it down,” Robertson said. “They did the same thing today and I was not going to let them down today.”Danks pitched eight shutout innings. The left-hander, who was 1-4 with an 8.23 ERA in his previous five starts, allowed three hits, struck out four and walked none.“I thought he was jumping ahead,” White Sox Manager Robin Ventura said. “He had a great changeup working. Curveball, he was able to locate. I think when he’s able to do that, he becomes tough.”Belisario then came in to pitch the ninth in his fourth save opportunity of the season. The right-hander took over as closer after Matt Lindstrom injured his left ankle on May 19 at Kansas City.Ellsbury reached on a one-out single, but Belisario was in position for his third save when he struck out Mark Teixeira for the second out. Then it all fell apart in a hurry for the closer, who has allowed at least one run in each of his last three outings.“That’s the game,” Belisario said. “I’m making good pitches. They hit it. I don’t even know where. No luck today.”Ellsbury took second on fielder’s indifference and scored on Alfonso Soriano’s ground-rule double. Yangervis Solarte singled home Soriano and moved to second when Belisario walked Ichiro Suzuki.Pinch-hitter Brian McCann then completed the comeback with a bloop single into center field, driving in Solarte with the tying run. Brendan Ryan grounded out to end the inning, and the crowd of 33,413 booed as Belisario made his way to the dugout.“Obviously huge at-bats to get us going,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said. “We hadn’t done much up to that point.”Teixeira’s ground-rule double in the fourth was New York’s only hit before John Ryan Murphy and Ryan had consecutive two-out singles in the eighth. But Danks got Brett Gardner to fly out to right to end the inning.Vidal Nuno pitched seven-plus innings for New York in the longest start of the season for the converted reliever. He allowed nine hits, struck out five and walked one.The White Sox did all their damage against Nuno in the first. Eaton and Beckham started the inning with consecutive singles, and Dayan Viciedo then made it 1-0 with a double into the gap in left-center. Dunn drove in Beckham with a sacrifice fly and Viciedo came home on Alexei Ramirez’s groundout.(JAY COHEN, AP Sports Writer)last_img read more